At the heart of the state’s political battles, policy struggles, and partisan clashes are individuals – people with families, hopes, aspirations, and visions of what Alabama might be. The state lost one unexpectedly today in Ralph Stacy, a senior vice-president at the Business Council of Alabama.
Someone who knows Ralph Stacy and his contributions to the Alabama political scene far better than I do was willing to offer this to the Political Parlor:
The Montgomery association community lost a long-time fixture today with the sudden death of Ralph Stacy. Ralph served as senior vice president for strategic communications for the Business Council of Alabama since January but was best known for his long service at the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, a group he led, nurtured and grew for several years.
Ralph Stacy was a big man with a big heart and an equally big personality.
Few will forget his booming voice and hearty laugh that could fill a room and threaten to break an eardrum. And you never had to look hard for Ralph, because if he was anywhere remotely near, you could probably hear him.
His easy-going, friendly nature put everyone at ease – Republicans and Democrats, alike – and you always knew where you stood with Ralph, which is a rarity in a town like Montgomery where so many depend upon insincerity to get ahead.
Ralph’s loss is felt by his loving wife and daughter, the business, chamber and lobbying communities, the congregation he ministered at his church in Beatrice and the thousands of friends he made in a life that was cut far too short.
I’m not sure what the afterlife holds, but I do know that when I get there, I won’t have to look too hard for Ralph. . . I’ll just listen for his laugh.
Here is a statement from BCA: